Note to Reader: I made this presentation on February 9th 2017 at a forum that was hosted by UVIC, Amnesty International, Sierra Club BC, Council of Canadian, Kairos BC. It was a 20 minute presentation so this article is a bit long.
The federal and Alberta governments and the chiefs of 11 First Nations from Treaties 6, 7, and 8 signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday at a ceremony in Edmonton.
The British Columbia Supreme Court has denied a requested injunction to stop work on the Site C dam, but it has ordered that a full trial should occur prior to the flooding of the Site C Reservoir. This leaves open the possibility that the project could still be halted permanently.
Prophet River First Nations members are waiting to see if the federal government follows through on its promises to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Dene elder, Francois Paulette, is concerned about the downstream impact the Site C dam will have on his home in Fort Fitzgerald in Treaty 8 territory. According to Paulette, the Site C dam threatens his livelihood, which is on the water.
Treaty 8 First Nations in British Columbia have a legal right to be involved in projects such as the Site C dam and are asking if proper consultations have been conducted between BC Hydro and First Nations.
A rare "travelling" copy of Treaty 8 — intended to be transported throughout the territories covered by the treaty — was discovered at the First Nations University of Canada, where it is now on display.